The prevention and treatment of malaria remains one of the world’s fundamental challenges. Each year about 229 million people contract malaria from mosquitoes and over one million people die worldwide, the majority of them in sub-Saharan Africa. Pregnant women and children under five are the most at risk.
What is malaria?
An infectious disease transmitted by mosquitoes. Fortunately, it is preventable and treatable.
Is malaria a problem in Senegal?
Yes. Malaria is endemic in Senegal and the most fatal disease Le Korsa helps to confront. As our partner Dr. Magueye Ba says, “Malaria is the primary cause of death in our region, and children are the most vulnerable.”
Why is malaria so deadly?
Dr. Magueye Ba explains it best: “Children under the age of five who are malnourished or have anemia are the most susceptible to developing a serious form of malaria, which can cause neurological or hematological damage. It is the same for pregnant women, who can experience miscarriages, become underweight, or even lose too much blood while giving birth. So we pay the most attention to children under five and pregnant women.”
Is malaria a seasonal problem?
While there is always a threat of contracting malaria, malaria cases spike in Senegal during the rainy season, which lasts from July through November. During this time, puddles, wells, old tires, and other sources of stagnant water become breeding grounds for mosquitoes that transmit malaria. The population is most at risk, and clinics are the most taxed from treating cases, which leaves their staff with less capacity for other maladies.
How does Le Korsa fight malaria?
We donate treated mosquito nets to Sinthian Medical Center and the Women’s Center of Dakar, where they are distributed to expectant mothers. When used properly, these nets prevent the bites of malaria-carrying mosquitoes and are one of the most effective preventative measures.
We subsidize malaria tests at the Sinthian Medical Center so that Dr. Ba can swiftly identify and treat cases. Rapid recognition of a case is essential to preventing it from developing to a fatal stage.
We subsidize antimalarial medicine at the Sinthian and Wassadou Medical Centers so that infected patients can be treated swiftly at no cost to them.
We support educational programs through Dr. Ba of the Sinthian Medical Center and Dr. Juliette Faye of the Women’s Center of Dakar. Both doctors educate their patients about the importance of prevention and treatment, and how to identify symptoms.
How can you help?
By making a donation!